Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG)

When choosing to use cannabis, you can actively take steps to reduce risks to your health.

Below are 10 science-based recommendations for how to do so:

  1. Cannabis use has health risks best avoided by abstaining
  2. Delay taking up cannabis use until later in life
  3. Identify and choose lower-risk cannabis products
  4. Don’t use synthetic cannabinoids
  5. Avoid smoking burnt cannabis – choose safer ways of using
  6. If you smoke cannabis, avoid harmful smoking practices
  7. Limit and reduce how often you use cannabis
  8. Don’t use and drive, or operate other machinery
  9. Avoid cannabis use altogether if you are at risk for mental health problems or are pregnant
  10. Avoid combining these risks

Health Risks Of Cannabis Use

There is strong scientific evidence that cannabis use is associated with a variety of health risks.

The risks depend on your constitution, which kinds of cannabis products you use and how or how often you use them.

Some of the main health risks are:

  • Problems with thinking, memory or physical co-ordination
  • Impaired perceptions or hallucinations
  • Fatal and non-fatal injuries, including those from motor-vehicle accidents, due to impairment
  • Mental health problems and cannabis dependence
  • Chronic respiratory or lung problems
  • Reproductive problems

‘Use Responsibly’